Three Crockett Men Arrested for Burglary and Vehicle Theft

 

By Cody Thompson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department arrested three Crockett men who allegedly burglarized a home and attempted to escape in a stolen vehicle on Saturday, May 20.
Trevor Brent Yates, 25, was charged with burglary of a habitation, theft of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Jared Andrew Hanson, 22, was charged with burglary of a habitation, theft of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, burglary of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance penalty group one.
Aaron Cade Watson, 35, was charged with burglary of a habitation and theft of a firearm.

A call was made to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office regarding the burglary of a habitation on 1209 CR 2310 on Saturday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Yates

The victim stated to HCSO deputy Roy May that he was in the residence sleeping when he was awakened by noises coming from the living room, the affidavit said.

“Upon opening his bedroom door, (the victim) observed two young, white males standing in his living room,” the report stated. “One of which was holding his daughter’s 30-30 rifle in its case, while the other was loading other items into a black and yellow tool box that belonged to (the victim).”

The two males told the victim that they had been sent by the landlord of the residence to retrieve some tools. The victim then took his daughter’s rifle back and the two men left the residence, according to the probable cause document.

“(The victim) observed (the two males) and another young man leave the residence in (the landlord’s) 2007 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck,” the affidavit said. “(The victim) noticed that more of his possessions had been taken.”
The missing items included: a five-gallon red gas can, two black bags filled with tools, a hand-operated sanding tool, a jigsaw, a 20-volt drill and an impact driver, according to the report.

The victim then called the landlord and discovered that he had not sent the men to retrieve the tools.

The landlord stated to May that his truck had been taken from his mother-in-law’s residence in Grapeland. The landlord identified the men as Yates, Hanson and Watson, the report said.

CPD officer Matthew VanEgmond was also on patrol on Saturday when he received to a call at approximately 7:35 p.m. regarding a possibly stolen vehicle that had been used in several burglaries in the Houston County area, the affidavit said.

Watson

VanEgmond located the vehicle at the intersection of FM 2022 and Loop 304, according to the report.

“I (VanEgmond) turned around and got behind the vehicle and ran the license plate through Houston County Communications,” the affidavit said. “HCC advised me that it was the vehicle that was stolen.”

VanEgmond then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Yates, and the passenger, Hanson, according to the affidavit. HCSO deputy Thomas Shafer and Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Steven Prater later arrived at the scene to assist.

VanEgmond asked Yates to step out of the vehicle and he and Hanson both stepped out, the report said.

“Hanson was told to turn away and Yates was told to walk backwards towards me (VanEgmond),” the affidavit said.

Yates was arrested and placed in the back seat of Shafer’s patrol unit and Hanson was arrested and placed in the back seat of VanEgmond’s, according to the probable cause document.

Shafer and Prater then conducted a search of the vehicle to ensure that there wasn’t anyone left inside, the affidavit said.

“While (Shafer and Prater) were clearing the vehicle, it was determined that the vehicle had property that may have been stolen during the previous burglaries that were reported,” according to the affidavit. “I (VanEgmond) released the vehicle to Deputy Shafer to investigate the stolen property further for his investigation regarding the burglaries.”

Yates and Hanson were then transported to the Houston County Jail.

The HCSO located and arrested Watson on Monday, May 22.

The burglary of a habitation charge is considered a second degree felony.

According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The possession of a controlled substance penalty group one charge is considered a third degree felony.

According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The theft of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges are both considered state jail felonies.

According to Section 12.35 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days. In addition to confinement, an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The burglary of a vehicle charge is considered a class A misdemeanor.

According to Section 12.21 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a class A misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $4,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or both such fine and confinement.”

Yates’ bond was set at $20,000 for burglary of a habitation, $8,000 for theft of a firearm and $8,000 for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Hanson’s bond was set at $20,000 for burglary of a habitation, $8,000 for theft of a firearm, $8,000 for unauthorized use of a vehicle, $10,000 for burglary of a vehicle and $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance penalty group one.

Watson’s bond has not yet been set for the burglary of a habitation and theft of a firearm charges.

Yates, Hanson and Watson are all currently still incarcerated in the Houston County Jail.

Cody Thompson may be reached via e-mail at cthompson@messenger-news.com.